Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
You know what the best part of Raiders Of The Lost Ark is? It's the bit where he gets in Jock's plane and craps himself at discovering that a snake is sharing his place.
I'm not saying it's my favourite part. I don't have a favourite part, really, and I don't even concern myself with trying to think of one. But that one little scene, with a little help from Indy's dalliance with some darts fired from the walls, the giant rock, the pit, and the door that nearly loses him his hat, establishes straight away that this isn't going to be your usual action adventure.
This hero's a little bit different. He's not infallible. In fact, he might not…
This film entails the essence of everything I love about going to the movies.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" takes place in a world forged by films that came before it. The action of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan's story rolls through a time and place populated by elements of dusty serial adventures, grand Biblical epics, heroic World War II pictures, and classic prestige films. It is a stylized world: an amalgam created from the imaginations of people who love film.
The product of those imaginations is a cinematic masterpiece. Under the expert direction of Steven Spielberg, the film is remarkable in all categories. It is aesthetically pleasing, showcasing locales from the mossy jungles of South America, to the dusty bazaars of North Africa. It is a technical marvel, boasting propulsive editing,…
I had a blast watching Raiders of the Lost Ark and it definitely has a lot of great aspects that make it such a beloved adventure film. There is a fair amount of genuinely funny scenes and some excellent thrills. John Williams' score is memorable as always and the action sequences were handled very well. Harrison Ford is terrific as Indiana Jones and just transmits a sense of coolness, always having a strong screen presence. I thought the other actors were pretty good and gave convincing performances, but Ford is definitely the one who really stands out here. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a great action flick, having plenty of suspenseful, comical, iconic moments and it's not to be missed.
Another BD from the Niles library. A blast, of course!
I just had to remind myself how awesome Harrison Ford is, how awesome Steven Spielberg is, how awesome John Williams is, and how awesome this franchise, and especially Raiders are. A true timeless adventure classic!
Film #5 of 30 Amazing Movies
Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced one of the best characters in film history, Indiana Jones. This film really made Spielberg a director to look out for. Sure, maybe Jaws was his first big movie, but Raiders is not only his best movie, but my favorite film of all time. Yes, that's right folks, I can now call Raiders of the Lost Ark my favorite film of all time. The movie has so much going for it. You have your main protagonist, Indiana Jones, and you also have great supporting characters which I'll get to later in the review. Obviously, you have Spielberg's magnificent directorial touch, and if you combine all that with an…
more boring than youd think but still important
Greg's December Challenge"The December Project 2013"
Movie Number: #22
Movie Title: Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Runtime: 115 minutes
It's been a good few years since I actually sat down and watched this from start to end. I've caught bits of it on TV when it's been on though.
It was nice to revisit this as I think I was last in my teens when I watched it.
This isn't my favorite Indy movie but it is still brilliant all the same. I love the action in it, even if it is pure cheese at times, Raiders of the lost Ark is still an absolute blast.
A great family movie that can be viewed time and time again and just not get old.
Just read that the Nazi monkey who says "Heil Hitler" was George Lucas' idea. Of course it was. It was fucking stupid.
Anyway. This movie's pretty good. I didn't grow up on Indy, so I'm not convinced it's the best movie ever, as seeing it at age 6 is a prerequisite for unconditionally loving it, it seems. There's some boring snake-oriented scenes in the middle and Karen Allen is the poor man's Margot Kidder. But mostly this is good stuff with a terrific opening and ending and a somewhat Jack Burton-esque ineffective hero, which is really cool.
Sadly, not on 35mm. :(
A pitch perfect blockbuster. Great fun & great setpieces.